Can't wait for the next-generation Volkswagen Golf R? Well, the automaker may have a stopgap for you in the form of a hotter GTI variant, which may be shown at the annual Wörthersee gathering.
According to Car Magazine, VW research and development boss Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed that we would see a "future version" in concept form at Wörthersee this year. Hackenberg told Car, "It won’t have as much power as the Golf GTI W12, [but] it will be more realistic."
The Golf GTI W12 (pictured here) Hackenberg alluded to was another Wörthersee special from 2006, which packed a mid-mounted twin-turbo W-12 engine from the Bentley Continental into a wide-bodied version of the MkV GTI. Good for 650 hp, a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds, and a theoretically top speed north of 200 mph, the GTI W12 was the ultimate extreme of what Volkswagen's venerable hot hatch could be.
So what is this new, "more realistic" model that's coming this year? If Car is correct, the new concept will be an Edition40 GTI with subtle performance upgrades, to celebrate the hot hatch's fourth decade. Hackenberg alluded that the new, seventh-generation GTI's limited-slip differential can actually handle up to 250 hp, so expect output around that number. There was also a hint that a high-performance Golf/GTI would potentially have a carbon fiber roof panel, which could save around 15 to 20 lbs off of the car's curb weight. Car also states that there's a chance the GTI concept will follow suit with the Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept, which will also be shown at Wörthersee this year and utilizes extreme weight-loss methods to drop 661 lbs.
What would you like to see in a tarted up GTI model? Let us know in the comments section.
Source: Car Magazine